Islamic State extremists on Thursday released a video showing what they said is captured British journalist John Cantlie saying he will soon reveal “facts” about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.
In the three-minute video posted on social media sites, the man appears in good health and promises to “convey some facts” in a series of “programs”, suggesting there would be further installments, Reuters reported.
The Islamic State has beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was a reprisal for US air strikes against the group in Iraq.
Wearing an orange shirt and closely cropped hair, the man in the video says he has been abandoned by his government and his fate now lies in the hands of the group.
The United States has carried out scores of air strikes against the extremist group in Iraq and plans to strike it in Syria as well, the report said.
“After two disastrous and hugely unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, why is it that our governments appear so keen to get involved in yet another unwinnable conflict?” the man says in the video.
“I’m going to show you the truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State, and how the Western media, the very organization I used to work for, can twist and manipulate that truth for the public back home.”
He says he worked for several British publications including the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph.
He says other Western governments have negotiated for the release of their hostages but that the British and US governments chose to do things differently.
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